Carga Bags Review

One of the most commonly asked questions I get are, “what’s a good bag?” That’s a loaded question. I answer, “it depends what you need it for.” As for me, I was on a quest to find a bag that was both stylish and functional. Carga Bags here I come.

So what is it I carry around? iPhone, wallet, checkbook, pen, pencil, graph paper, Nintendo DS, Nikon D40, Sigma 30mm lens, Nikkor 55mm lens, laptop and a book. Most designers I know just carry around a huge tote with no style or a traditional backpack which I despise. Most of the bags on the market fall into two categories; performance which usually means it’s made of tough synthetic materials like nylon, and luxe which I love but are not conducive to being thrown around.

Carga bags have several unique characteristics. First off, they’re made of industrial grade felt and leather. This stuff won’t rip unless you take a utility knife to it, yet it’s not scratchy or hard. In fact it’s very supple and soft. In lieu of stitching, they’re held together with aluminum rivets and grommets for an industrial look. Each bag is serialized so fakies beware. Carga 02 , a laptop sized messenger and Carga 03, a large duffle size are perfect for any discerning designer. Both are superbly constructed with a leather pouch inside for an iPhone sized device and a keyring. Carga 03 is especially cavernous – ample room to hold all my crap.

All Carga bags are painstakingly handcrafted by a family of artisans. Everything from the tannery process, to the eco-friendly vegetable dyes, to assembly and construction are worlds apart from the mass produced stuff you find in stores. Believe me when I say you know you’re holding quality. The heft and precision speak of old world craftsmanship – far superior than even the most expensive bags out there.

I knew I had a good bag after being stopped everywhere I went and I live in Los Angeles so bags are a dime a dozen. The fact that people noticed is a testiment to the kind of affluence Carga bags radiate. They’re instantly recognizable as high end and quality. I’m just happy I’ve found a bag that complements my design sensibility without sacrificing my utilitarian needs.

Carga has three sizes to choose from in felt ranging from $175 – $385 and leather versions going as high as $685.

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(Above: Carga 02 retailed at $245.00 USD)


(Above: Carga 03 retailed at $345.00 USD)


(Above: Interior pics)

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31 Comments

  • ModuleS says:

    I hope Carga thanked you guys because based on this review, I just orderd one on their website.

  • macsterdam says:

    I’ve had their site bookmarked for so long now, but hesitated to buy one of their bags simply because I’ve never seen the inside of one of their bags. Could you post a picture of yours?

  • Willzville says:

    I want to buy the last bag shown (the small narrow messenger, without the hideous finger holes), but can’t find it on the site. There’s a similar one on their site, but not the exact one shown in this review. Pitty, that bag (more like concept) is just what I’m looking for.

  • enoo says:

    They look like a parpen with a strap.
    Ugly ugly ugly … but well, if some people like this …

  • macsterdam says:

    Thanks very much for the interior pics – much appreciated!

  • rocknica says:

    this is a nice bag, like the fabric used… is it like amp fabric?… you know.. the one that covers most guitar amps.

  • Zane says:

    If only they weren’t so ugly…

    http://pixblix.com

    • LC says:

      you know what’s ugly? the site you own and for shamelessly promoting it on Yanko.

      “Everything at Pixblix is completely original. Unlike other gallery sites that sniff the net looking for other site’s content to add to their page, all of our content is created in house by our designers.”

      ummmmmm you sure you hired designers or kindergartens… I take it back, it’s probably you designing the entire UGLY content on that site.

    • lovejoy says:

      maybe you should stick to myspace backgrounds, zane.

  • Dave says:

    Its so ugly, I wouldn’t even dare to carry around my granola or bark chips in it.

  • Dave says:

    I changed my mind. Its still butt ugly, but now it looks like the disposable interior lining to another bag altogether. Was this designed by a drunken committee bent on revenge?

  • gloomprince says:

    untilitarian design~nice~

  • Dave says:

    Great comment! “Until – itarian!” Until what, people acquire taste?

  • sammy peeps says:

    They look pretty cool, nice use of material and nice fasteners, just not sure about the actual shape of the things.

    Might be tempted had I not just rinsed muchos coin on a Red Visvim E-Cat messenger. (Which in my opinion has to be the bag of bags)

  • Brian says:

    Wish there was more to this concept. I can’t help but wondering how uncomfortable the handle is going to be in that scratchy looking fabric with the weird divider. Take a course in anthropometry and get back to us on this…

  • t says:

    i like felt grey, i like grommets, and i like tan leather. but i don’t know how i feel about these. the #2 bag is the best, but the divider strap on the handle and main strap both look terrible. but the materials are so sweet looking, hopefully they’ll figure things out and clean up the style. maybe a messenger bag version of the little camera bag/man-purse thing at the bottom?

  • DS says:

    I would use this to carry my laptop, cell phone, wallet, pens, paper, and a bottle of wine and some cheese to the park. I think it suits all occasions.

  • NCalphabetical says:

    this bag looks perfect for a quick business day trip to SF from LA.

    I would pack a laptop, mini projector, a Fas Trak to roll through the bridge tolls, camera and of course a sweater for when the fog rolls in.

  • katugume johnson says:

    i realy like the material used

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